'Yokomono-Pro' is an outdoor sound-performance-action by Geert-Jan Hobijn / Staalplaat Soundsystem and sound artists Ilpo Väisänen and Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), that reflects on the relationship between sound, perception, transportation and the urban environment.
'Yokomono-Pro' features several groups of cars – 30 vehicles in total – playing synched sound-patterns and driving a carefully choreographed route around the large Tiergarten roundabout (Großer Stern) for a period of approx. 30 minutes. Each vehicle's battery is hooked up to a specially designed horn that is triggered by low-frequency transmitters linked to a central controlling unit. After dividing the vehicles/drivers into groups and assigning each a specific route, Ilpo Väisänen and Mika Vainio are able to 'play' them like an instrument: the interaction of choreographed traffic and the horns' sound patterns creates a composition tailored to the spatial dimensions of the action.
'Yokomono-Pro' is part of Staalplaat Soundsystem's experimental project series 'Architone', aimed at exploring possibilities of transforming public spaces into objects of sonic art. Looking at the relationship between discrete signals and generalized noise, the underlying key questions for the 'Architone' series are: Is it possible to 'play' buildings, large structures and public space like an instrument? Can such an approach reveal or comment on qualities of the respective locations/structures (dimensions, materials, atmospheres) in a new and meaningful way? Can artistic compositions at all match, undermine or even surpass the scale, energy and physical impact of the noise levels already in effect within the urban environment? To find answers to these questions, Staalplaat Soundsystem carries out projects in the form of live experiments in collaboration with universities, architects and other artists active in the field.
Music programm by Ilpo Väisänen, Mika Vainio and Staalplaat Soundsystem.
First by: Ilpo Väisänen - duration 15 minutes
Second by: Mika Vainio - duration 14.50 minutes
Third by: staalplaat soundsystem - duration 9 minutes
Finale by: Mika Vainio - duration 1.30 minutes
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